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Pedro Maligo named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

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Pedro Maligo has been appointed the dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1.

Vice president for academic affairs, Paul Savory made the announcement via email April 28.

Jennifer Bossard was appointed the interim dean for the College of Arts and Sciences last July after Dean John Burney announced he was stepping down and moved into a faculty position, according to a doaneline article.

During her time as interim dean she, did a variety of things; ranging from talking to freshmen and their families at enrollment days to working with faculty on their departmental budgets to meeting with candidates who applied to work at Doane, Bossard said.

Savory said in his email,  "As a campus community, we owe Dr. Jennifer Bossard a huge thank you for serving as our interim dean.  Dr. Bossard has done a great job in ensuring continuity. Both the conscientious manner with which she performed her responsibilities and the concern she showed in supporting faculty and students demonstrated a level of professionalism that I have rarely witnessed."

Bossard said she will be returning to the classroom and is looking forward to advising students once again. She said she is also excited to work closely with her colleagues in the economics and business division.

Savory said that Maligo, “...will be an integral member of the Academic Leadership Team of the Office of Academic Affairs,” and his responsibilities will include:

a) developing a communication plan that allows faculty, staff, and students to be knowledgeable about and engaged in College of Arts & Sciences efforts

b) supporting the assessment plans of courses, programs, and faculty

c) linking with our College of Professional Studies to define processes and policies for students to easily take courses across our colleges and campuses

d) helping envision new academic opportunities we need to develop and launch in the College of Arts & Sciences

This is the first time that the dean will not also serve as the vice president of academic affairs, Bossard said.

Filling this position took some time.

Savory said he formed a search committee consisting of faculty, administrators and staff, last November. The committee was co-chaired by the Dean of College of Professional Studies, Dr. Lorie Benjamin-Cook and Barbara Hertzog, associate professor of mathematics.

In addition to those named previously, the committee was made up of, Savory said:

  • (co-chair) Lorie Cook-Benjamin - Dean of College of Professional Studies

  • (co-chair) Barbara Herzog - Vice Chair of Faculty Council (and Associate Professor of Math)

  • Courtney Baillie - Division chair of Economics and Business (and Professor of Accounting)

  • Kris Williams - Division chair of Science, Mathematics, and Information Science (and Associate Professor of Math)

  • Dan Clanton - Division chair for Fine Art and Humanities (and Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies)

  • Kim Jarvis - Division chair of Social Science (and Professor of History)

  • Tim Frey - Division chair of Education (and Professor of Education)

  • Kristal Flaming - Student Affairs - Mental Health Counselor

  • Becky Hunke - Academic Affairs - Assistant Dean

  • Luis Setelo - Chief Diversity Officer

The committee provided feedback on the job announcement and it was posted nationally, Savory said.

From there, the committee reviewed between 65 and 70 applications and chose five to conduct a video interview with. Then, three individuals were brought on campus to interview, based on Savory’s review and phone conversations with the candidates, he said.

Each visited in March and met with the search committee, academic leadership team, President’s cabinet, academic affairs staff, students and Savory. They also visited both the Crete and Lincoln campuses, he said.

Finally, the community was invited to provide feedback on the candidates. The feedback was reviewed and Savory contacted each candidate's references. Eventually the process led to the hiring of Maligo.

Bossard said it is beneficial that his hiring came before the Summer began.

“When hiring for any position, there is uncertainty, which makes it difficult to plan for the future,” Bossard said. “It is good to have this position filled before faculty and students leave for the summer so they know what to expect in the fall when they return.  Also, during the summer, faculty will have a chance to introduce themselves to Dr. Maligo and he will have a chance to learn more about Doane, our programs, and the people who make Doane a great University.”